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Re: 2017 NEWS SNIPPETS
chunkyinargyll (IP Logged)
24 September, 2017 09:47
I've no problem with tests against Ireland, Afghanistan, Zimbabwe, Bangladesh and possibly West Indies being 4 day.

It even makes a bit of sense, because Ireland and Afghanistan are likely to find the step up tough, so the motivation of 'If we can survive four days we get a draw' may increase their resolve. Surviving five days might be to big a job for them, so you might end up with them folding in 3 days (as Bangladesh always used to), but if a draw is only 4 days away, it might make the minnows try harder.

Tests between England and Australia, India, South Africa, Pakistan and Sri Lanka should stick at 5 days.

New Zealand need to prove they care about test cricket to stick at 5 days.

 
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AGod (IP Logged)
24 September, 2017 10:10
I would only agree to four scheduled playing days if a reserve day was included to make up time lost due to inclement weather.

 
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Bagpuss (IP Logged)
24 September, 2017 10:18
But a reserve day would mean they couldn't play tests on a weekly basis as would have to allow for it in scheduling. Which is the point of changing.

58% of Tests go to day 5.

 
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Mike TA1 (IP Logged)
24 September, 2017 11:00
The ECB just don't like RED ball cricket.

Now if there were two division in test match nations, it would look a bit more sensible to have five days for division one and four days for division two.

 
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Grizzzly (IP Logged)
25 September, 2017 03:47
Ashes series tied at 2-2, all down to the last Test.

Fourth day ends with England seven wickets down & fifty runs short of a victory that would win the Ashes.

Still, we will get another meaningless T20 tournament to enjoy instead.

What a fitting tribute to the ECB's management of the sport.

Grizzzly

 
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Loyal of Lhasa (IP Logged)
25 September, 2017 08:47
I propose we nominate Grizzzly to head the ECB and introduce one-day Test Matches, along with 200:200 over matches. The County Championship matches will be played only on Wednesday afternoons with a soft ball and will be confined to sides that contain a Test Match ground.



LoL

Sixty-nine Seasons a Somerset Supporter

 
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Grizzzly (IP Logged)
25 September, 2017 23:57
All far too sensible LoL !

Grizzzly

 
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Mike TA1 (IP Logged)
09 October, 2017 15:57
A burglar who dragged a safe across a cricket field before abandoning it would only have found a match ball inside, club officials have said.

The thief, who broke into Blackburn's East Lancashire Sports Club on Sunday, lugged the safe down stairs and across the pitch before ditching it unopened.
[www.bbc.co.uk]

Well and truly stumped.

 
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Loyal of Lhasa (IP Logged)
09 October, 2017 16:11
A load of ball?



LoL

Sixty-nine Seasons a Somerset Supporter

 
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Tractor (IP Logged)
09 October, 2017 16:29
The burglar misunderstood. He was paid to steal a very rare Scottish oven; turned out he'd stolen a Cooker Burra.

 
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Loyal of Lhasa (IP Logged)
13 October, 2017 15:46
Forgive me if this topic has been mentioned before (and it isn't really news either), but I would like to draw fellow contributors' attention to a book I have just finished reading.

The Great Tamasha: Cricket, Corruption and the Rise of Modern India is a hard-hitting account of how cricket in India has moved from its humble and romantic origins to the ruthless commercialism that drives it today, reflecting similar changes in the nation's political and business life. The story is sad and salutary, though it is pointed out that T20, for all its absurdity and greed, brings much excitement and happiness to millions of Indians whose lives are otherwise monotonous and difficult.

There are some here who will relish the scathing criticism of the power brokers whose interest in acquiring wealth far outweighs any interest in the game itself, its history or its future. It is not always the easiest of reads but I commend it to those willing to persevere.



LoL

Sixty-nine Seasons a Somerset Supporter



Edited 2 time(s). Last edit at 13/10/2017 19:18 by Loyal of Lhasa.

 
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Bobstan (IP Logged)
13 October, 2017 17:23
Following on from LoL's post can I recommend the Autumn edition of The Nightwatchman, the Wisden Cricket Quarterly. It's a special souvenir edition celebrating 60 years of Test Match Special.

It has many well-written essays, and would interest any who have enjoyed TMS's gradually changing ambience over the years. The article about Alan Gibson by Anthony may be of particular interest to Somerset followers. For me Gibson was right up there with Arlott.

 
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Mike TA1 (IP Logged)
15 October, 2017 08:43
One of the world's most popular sports is barely known in the US. But, driven by a new generation of immigrants, could cricket finally take off?

The Washington Cricket League is thriving. There are 42 teams in total, and new applicants are turned away each year because of a lack of pitches.

Another local league, the Washington Metropolitan Cricket Board, has 18 clubs. For an area with barely any "real" pitches, it's astonishing.
[www.bbc.co.uk]

 
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Somerset LaLaLa (IP Logged)
15 October, 2017 16:35
Yes, the history of cricket in the US is very interesting.

[www.espncricinfo.com]

A quotation from the above link made me smile:

"Some city cricket clubs, viewing it as an auxiliary entertainment, had even sponsored the first "baseball" teams, as they came to be called. After 1900, baseball took over the American scene, created its independent mythology, and obviated the sport that gave it birth. In a few decades, cricket in America had become only a memory."

Cricket in Philadelphia, USA (not to be confused with in Sunderland) was particularly strong and they have an international festival now in May.

[www.philacricket.com]
[www.cricketfestival.com]

 
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JuliaW (IP Logged)
20 October, 2017 14:48
A piece by Matthew Engel in the Guardian which sums up what I, and many more on here, fear about the future of the game we love.

Cricket is rotting away

 
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Grizzzly (IP Logged)
20 October, 2017 16:12
Excellent (if somewhat depressing) article, summing up the parlous prospects for the game.

It would be nice to think that the 2018 fixture list will be more balanced in terms of having Championship games throughout the season, rather than just at the beginning & end.

And that there might just be a few games during the peak summer months, rather than empty grounds just begging for some action, aside from the endless T20 shenanigans.

If only......

Grizzzly

 
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Bagpuss (IP Logged)
20 October, 2017 17:19
With the 50 over and T20 each in their own blocks the cc will be squeezed again, although there may be a little more early summer red ball action than this summer as hosting the women's world cup meant the ground was unavailable for several weeks.

 
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Grizzzly (IP Logged)
20 October, 2017 17:24
Oh for the days of the John Player League & the B & H Cup.

Was it really oh so bad then ?

Grizzzly

 
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Bagpuss (IP Logged)
20 October, 2017 23:04
Cricket on Sundays throughout the summer - when I was lucky at Taunton, but more often watched on a little black and white portable tv in my bedroom tuned to bbc2.

The days I fell in love with cricket seem a long time ago.

 
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Shepton Paul 2 (IP Logged)
21 October, 2017 08:33
I think Matthew Engel is one of great current British writers, and not just about cricket (I guess he's better BECAUSE he doesn't just write about cricket). "Engel's England" is one of my favourite books of the last decade, rambling about his rambling around the 39 counties.

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